BY MICHAEL GANCI
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Today, I was doing the usual at work. For those of you who don’t know, I am currently living the dream. I work at Best Buy as a computer salesman, and it isn’t exactly what I want to do, but you gotta do what you gotta do right now. I had an Epiphany when I was on my bathroom break. I was sitting there going to the bathroom, and I thought about the Mets. No surprise there, seeing as how their season went down the toilet. But then I thought, what would be the Best Buy for the Mets?
I know there have been plenty of rumors of guys we have speculated would be good acquisitions via free agency or trade. Guys like Crawford, Holliday, Halladay, Bay, Gonzalez and Hudson come to mind. I am trying to think of some people who might fly under the radar that could possibly make a bigger difference than people give them credit for.
It’s not always about the superstar. For example, the Giants had Barry Bonds all those years, and they won nothing. So,the point I am trying to prove is that adding a Matt Holliday or Jason Bay would not solve all of this team’s problems. Not yet by a long shot. We still have other issues to address, and I have some ideas as to guys who would be a solid buy.
The first guy I thought of ironically played for the Giants, and I am happy to see that the Mets have already declared interest in Bengie Molina. By no means is he the cleanup hitter that he portrayed in San Francisco, but he is still a darn good player. The guy knows how to play the position and he also knows how to handle a pitching staff, and with the guys that the Mets are running out there, that is a very attractive quality.
Another guy who I think might be a nice fit is Erik Bedard. I know he has concerns with injuries, but he would be a low-risk signing. It kind of runs along the same lines as Chien-Ming Wang, and again, this guy is just a couple of years removed from being one of the more dominant left handed pitchers in baseball.
The third and final guy that came up in my mind was Ryan Garko, who could be a nice low-risk platoon partner for Daniel Murphy at first base. I don’t care what people say about Fernando Tatis. This guys would definitely be an upgrade. Also, he would be a guy the Mets might be able to get on the cheap, so we wouldn’t even have to guarantee him a spot on the opening day roster.
I am just tossing around some ideas. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait until Friday. That’s when free agency begins.